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Clades are used in Botany and Zoology, as well as Fungi – and what they have to tell us is not insignificant or irrelevant.
Clades can show us the lineages of organisms. Knowing how to see past appearances to the reality of things can direct our research in so many fields.
Clades can help us choose particular groups to search for medicinal benefits that would otherwise escape us.
Clades can help us choose particular groups to work with in our efforts to develop tools for bio-remediation and myco-remediation.
In mushrooms, “gills,” and “pores,” and “teeth,” and such, even “puffball-like,” are terms useful for field identification, but not to understand much beyond that.
The clades we now know cut across all these easily observed field characteristics to show us the “real” relationships our mushrooms have.